Climate change has made North America's pollen season longer and more severe, but there are ways to reduce your allergy misery, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).
The best way to deal with worsening pollen seasons is to get ahead of them.
"If you know it's likely that your allergy symptoms will arrive earlier in the spring or fall season, start taking your medications sooner," ACAAI President Dr. Luz Fonacier said in a college news release.
"If you begin your medications two to three weeks before your symptoms begin in earnest, chances are your suffering will be lessened," Fonacier said.
Pollen levels tend to be higher from trees in the spring, grasses in the summer and weeds in the fall, but may vary depending on weather conditions and where you live.
Along with starting to take your allergy medications early, the ACAAI recommends other ways to control your symptoms:
If you feel like your fall and spring allergies are getting worse each year, you are probably right. If staying indoors during these times of year and over-the-counter allergy medications are not helping control your symptoms, consult an allergist, Fonacier recommended.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has tips for controlling your child's seasonal allergies.
SOURCE: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, news release, April 21, 2021